July 31 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Youngsters and volunteers looked high and low at a nature reserve as they took part in a butterfly survey.
Sculthorpe Moor Reserve, near Fakenham, is home to about 23 butterfly species and staff and volunteers try to monitor them throughout the summer months.
As well as butterflies, the team was looking out for varieties of hoverflies and dragonflies.
Education manager Leanne Thomas said: “We’ve seen quite a few different species of butterflies and lots of hoverflies.
“The butterflies can be identified quite easily but there are over 200 species of hoverfly so they can be tricky.
“We have volunteers who go out and carry out their surveys regularly so that we know what is here, but today is about giving some of the young people a bit of a taste of surveying.
“You see different butterflies at different times of year and in different conditions.”
The reserve, run by the Hawk and Owl Trust, has a number of events throughout the year to encourage youngsters to take an interest in nature.
School groups regularly visit the site to learn about its inhabitants.
Some of the butterfly species that call the reserve home spotted during the survey were the ringlet, the small skipper, the large skipper, the red admiral and the meadow brown.
The survey was led by volunteer Dave Brice, who regularly carries out insect surveys between April 1 and September 1 each year.
As part of the survey, nets were used to catch insects for closer inspection. However, butterflies cannot be caught as this can damage their legs and wings.
On Saturday, a glow worm walk will be taking place at the reserve from 9pm. Tickets cost £5 and must be booked in advance by calling the reserve on 01328 856788.
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